Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 32

This entry is part 32 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 31: Deborah a prophetess of the Lord called Barak and instructed him to take 10,000 men and fight against the army of Jabin.“…And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet. But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left” (vs. 14-16).

Part 32

And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines”(Judges 13:2-5).

The women went home to tell her husband of the good tidings. He next prayed and asked that the Lord instruct them in the way in which the child should be raised. The angel came back as requested and told the man the same things he instructed his wife. After, Manoah offered the Lord burnt offering and the angel left with the consuming fire that accepted their offering. Later, a boy was born to them and his mother named him Samson.

The boy became a man and soon found himself a woman he was interested in. He asked his parents to get her for him, but she was of the Philistines. The Lord had planned this, but Samson’s parents were not aware. Samson went to see this woman, and, on the way there a great lion attacked him, but the spirit of the Lord was upon Samson and he was able to kill the lion with ease. He told no one of this incident. Later, on his return he found a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion. He began to eat and brought some home to share with his parents.

He puts forth a riddle to those of the land declaring: “if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments: But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it. And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle” (Judges 14:12-14).

Before the 7th day, men from the city came to Samson’s wife and instructed her to entice Samson, so that they could have the answer to his riddle. She went along with this scheme and Samson revealed his riddle to her. Later, before the sun set on the 7th day, these men told Samson the answer to the riddle. “And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house” (v.19). What can we learn from this story so far? I suppose if you are wise you might ask yourself, where do my spouses allegiance lie? With me, Samson? With the Philistines? And another question might be, why did God choose to allow Samson to marry a Philistine woman to begin with?

WHAT DID THEY KNOW? January 27, 2019 Part 32 recap: “Thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” (Judges 13:7). And thus, Samson came to the Philistines and Israel.

Part 33 The Philistines treated Samson poorly and gave his wife to one of Samson’s companions and would not let him be her husband any longer. Samson was not thrilled with this; as you could imagine. He decided to capture 300 foxes, set their tails on fire and send them into the Philistine’s fields. This of course burned all their crops and destroyed their food. “And the Philistines came up, and burnt her (Samson’s wife) and her father with fire. And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease” (Judges 15:6-7).

After these things 3,000 men of the tribe of Judah came to Etam to where Samson stayed and urged him to come with them so he could be brought to the Philistines. Judah went to do this because they were afraid of the Philistines and they ruled over Israel. They made an agreement that they would not harm him, but he needed to go with them bound with a cord. Samson was agreeable to these arrangements. However, when he came to the Philistines and they saw he was bound, they ran upon him. “And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith” (v. 14-15).

After this great battle Samson was so thirsty, he could die. “But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived…” (v. 19). The end of this chapter states that Samson was a Judge in Israel for 20 years after the above events.

We should stop and think about these actions. A single man, with God backing him, took on 1,000 men with the jaw of an ass. And Samson prevailed! Do we as Christians know this power? Can we wrap our mind around the power of Christ in our lives? I think people often have no comprehension of the power of God. Have you ever been in a crowd as large as 1,000 men? How many do you think you would conquer in a battle? If all were advancing on you at the same time, how do you think you would do? I would be surprised if you made it past 20 men. The men that came after Samson were warriors trained to fight; not simple civilians. God is able.

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21).

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